ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 31, 1985
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(Studio) Reports to Lebanon newspapers from Islamic Jihad terrorist organization re: upcoming attacks on Americans noted. United States and Israeli blame of Libya for terrorist attacks on Rome and Vienna airports reported.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld
(DC) Reagan administration position with regard to recent terrorist action, include allegations of involvement of Palestinian Abu Nidal and Libya, stated. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments on possible action against terrorism from any source.] Government white paper's allegations with regard to Abu Nidal and terrorism detailed. [REDMAN - comments.] Conditions with regard to possible military action described; involvement in discussion of this issue from Secretary State George Shultz, arriving in Palm Springs, California, to spend New Year's Eve with President and Mrs. Reagan, and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger noted. [REDMAN - refuses to respond to Islamic Jihad threats.]
REPORTER: John McWethy
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israel Prime Minister Shimon Peres' remarks with regard to aid to terrorists from Libya's Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi reported [PERES - comments.] Israeli reaction to United States response with regard to possible reprisals to Rome and Vienna incidents noted; earlier United States negative vote in United Nations Security Council with regard to Israeli raid on PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in Tunisia recalled. Reagan spokesperson Larry Speakes' remarks quoted. [Israeli Ambassador to United Nations Binyamin NETANYAHU - comments on need for western ntns. to unite against terrorism.] Assumptions with regard to Israeli surveillance of Libya stated. Funeral for Israel fatality in airport attacks, Eliahu Jana, noted.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick
(Studio) Report given with regard to surviving terrorist's report to Italian authorities of plans for attacks on airports at Paris and Madrid. United States State Department report with regard to number of terrorist incidents in 1st 10 months of 1985 given. Ambush in Beirut, Lebanon, of motorcade of President Amin Gemayel, who was not in his limo, reported, as well as attack on Christian peace treaty negotiator Assad Shaftari.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld
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